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  • Panthers working out Aaron Murray Tuesday
    Free agent QB Aaron Murray is working out for the Panthers on Tuesday.

    Advice: A fifth-round pick of the Chiefs in 2014, Murray was the only member of the Eagles' practice squad not signed to a reserve/future contract after the season. That is obviously not a great sign for his future, but he should latch on with someone as an offseason arm. Backups Derek Anderson and Joe Webb are both under contract with the Panthers for 2017. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:48 am
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    0.00 (994th)
     
  • Jerry: 'No decision made' on Romo's future
    Jerry Jones said he has yet to decide what to do with Tony Romo this offseason.

    Advice: "There's only one that can make that decision, and there's been no decision made," Jones said. "Don't think for one minute if you see something written or something said about what and where Romo is going to be, relative to our team, that there's any credibility to it." While he may be technically telling the truth that a final decision has yet to be made, there is almost zero chance Romo is back with the Cowboys next year. How he leaves and where he goes are the only real questions remaining. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:18 am
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    0.00 (942nd)
     
  • RapSheet: Trading Romo Dallas' No. 1 priority
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports trading Tony Romo is the Cowboys' "No 1. priority this offseason."

    Advice: "We know he's not going to be on the Cowboys in 2017," Rapoport said confidently about Romo. He again said Romo would like to land with the Broncos, but added Denver does not "seem inclined to make that move." With it all but decided Romo will be playing elsewhere next season, the only questions remaining are where he ends up and how he gets there. Those questions should dominate the discussion this offseason. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:29 pm
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    0.00 (942nd)
     
  • Andy Reid commits to Alex Smith for 2017
    Speaking at Monday's season-ending presser, Chiefs coach Andy Reid committed to Alex Smith as his 2017 quarterback.

    Advice: "Do I still think we can win with Alex?," Reid asked rhetorically. "Yeah, we were right there." It's not exactly the most ringing endorsement, but due $13.3 million between salary and bonuses, Smith will almost certainly be back under center for a fifth season in Kansas City. Smith has made no progress as a Chief, stubbornly minding the store while trying to avoid mistakes at all costs. With Smith going on 33, the Chiefs at the very least need a plan-of-succession in mind. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:34 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    18.04 (11th)
     
  • O'Brien not committing to Osweiler for 2017
    Coach Bill O'Brien said it's "too early to know" if Brock Osweiler will be the Texans' starting quarterback in 2017.

    Advice: The Texans handed Osweiler $37 million guaranteed last offseason, and he proceeded to be a total disaster and the main reason the Texans were held back from bigger and better things. His $16 million salary for 2017 is guaranteed, and Osweiler carries a $19 million cap hit. He would count $25 million against the cap if the Texans release or trade him. There just don't seem to be many other avenues for the Texans to travel unless they make a run at Tony Romo. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:51 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.13 (434th)
     
  • Big Ben goes TD-less in win over Chiefs
    Ben Roethlisberger completed 20-of-31 passes for 224 yards, no touchdowns, and one interception in the Steelers' Divisional Round win over the Chiefs.

    Advice: The Steelers didn't score a single touchdown, but still managed to win on the back of Chris Boswell's six field goals. Big Ben had a 17-yard touchdown to Antonio Brown knocked away by CB Marcus Peters just as Brown was coming to the ground with the ball, and Roethlisberger's pick was a tipped ball at the line that fell into Eric Berry's arms in the end zone. Big Ben's road woes are well documented, and he'll now head to Foxboro for the AFC Championship. He missed the Steelers' Week 7 game against the Patriots with a torn meniscus. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:58 pm
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    0.00 (954th)
     
  • Smith throws for 172 yds as Chiefs eliminated
    Alex Smith completed 20-of-34 passes for 172 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the Chiefs' 18-16, Divisional Round loss to the Steelers on Sunday.

    Advice: The Chiefs scored the only two touchdowns of this game, but it still wasn't enough to overcome Steelers K Chris Boswell's six field goals. Smith and the Chiefs got the scoring started with a five-yard touchdown pass to Albert Wilson out of the wishbone formation on a play-action boot to the left. Predictably, Kansas City's offense went into a shell after the score and couldn't do much of anything before laboring for a fourth-quarter touchdown to bring the score to 18-16. On the ensuing two-point conversion, Smith hit Demetrius Harris to tie the game, but it was called back on a hold by LT Eric Fisher. They failed on the next attempt from the 12-yard line. Smith threw for a career-high 3,502 yards in 2016, but only threw 15 touchdowns to eight picks. He's not -- and never will be -- a fantasy asset. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:53 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    18.04 (11th)
     
  • Dak shows poise in first career playoff game
    Dak Prescott completed 24-of-38 passes for 302 yards with three touchdowns and one interception while adding 13 yards on two carries Sunday in the Cowboys' Divisional Round loss to the Packers.

    Advice: Prescott made one rookie mistake on Sunday—Micah Hyde intercepted his errant screen pass to Cole Beasley in the third quarter. But aside from the pick, Prescott was as poised as any rookie quarterback we’ve seen in the postseason. He put Dallas on his back in the second half, chipping away at the Packers’ 18-point lead and eventually tying the game on a gutsy two-point conversion. Dak had his most success throwing to Dez Bryant, who snared nine-of-12 targets for two touchdowns and a season-high 132 yards. Both of Prescott's carries resulted in third-down conversions. The Cowboys’ decision to spike the ball on first down with under a minute remaining will be hotly debated, but ultimately that wasn’t Dak’s call. Prescott had an impossibly good rookie season, ousting mainstay Tony Romo from his pedestal as the team’s franchise quarterback. There’s no reason to think he’ll slow down anytime soon. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 5:57 pm
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    5.00 (229th)
     
  • Packers stun Cowboys in thriller at Jerry's World
    Aaron Rodgers completed 28-of-43 passes for 356 yards with two touchdowns and one interception while adding two carries for 16 yards Sunday in the Packers' Divisional Round win over the Cowboys.

    Advice: What. A. Game. After a first round full of clunkers and an equally snooze-inducing first two games of the Divisional Round, Dallas and Green Bay finally brought the thunder on Sunday afternoon. Rodgers has been scorching hot for two months and he didn’t let up in Sunday’s stunning upset at Jerry World. He scored the game’s first touchdown on a picture-perfect 34-yard throw to Richard Rodgers and added to his tally with a three-yarder to Jared Cook off play-action early in the second half. Rodgers threw an uncharacteristic interception on a pass intended for Davante Adams, ending a streak of 318 consecutive passes without a pick. But Rodgers saved the best for last, threading the needle to Cook for a 36-yard completion in the closing seconds to set up the game-winning field goal. The Packers will put their eight-game winning streak on the line next week in Atlanta. The winner is headed to Super Bowl XLI. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 5:17 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    21.09 (4th)
     
  • Rapoport: Romo would prefer to play in Denver
    According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Broncos are Tony Romo's "No. 1 spot."

    Advice: With Dak Prescott staking his claim to the starting job in Dallas, the Cowboys will certainly look to shop Romo this offseason. Denver would be his preferred destination, though according to Rapoport, the Broncos aren't "inclined" to trade for him. Other potential fits include the Cardinals, Jets and Texans. Rapoport is hearing from league executives that the Cowboys could hold onto Romo until a major injury arises and shop him to the quarterback-desperate team. Either way, the Cowboys should be able to fetch a first- or second-round pick for Romo. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 11:19 am
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    0.00 (942nd)
     
  • Carson Wentz could work with QB specialist
    Carson Wentz said he'll consider bringing in a coach to work on his mechanics this offseason.

    Advice: "It's definitely in consideration," said Wentz. "Again, I don't have a lot of answers for my offseason yet because I haven't had a ton of time to think about it, but I could see that happening." Wentz showed promise in his first year as the Eagles' signal-caller but fell into some bad habits. Ex-NFL backup Ryan Lindley mentored Wentz leading up to the draft, and Wentz could also seek help from noted QB guru Tom House. Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Matt Ryan are among the many big-name quarterbacks who have worked under House's tutelage. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:17 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    14.79 (25th)
     
  • Zimmer still unsure of Bridgewater's status
    Vikings coach Mike Zimmer admitted he isn't sure when Teddy Bridgewater will return from his knee injury.

    Advice: "I don't know when Teddy will be back," he said bluntly. Bridgewater suffered a gruesome injury last summer, tearing his ACL and dislocating his knee. The Vikings have indicated that Sam Bradford will remain the starter even if Bridgewater is healthy for the start of next season. Despite his injury, the Vikings are expected to exercise Bridgewater's fifth-year option for 2018. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:00 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (972nd)
     
  • Tom Brady picked off twice as Pats advance
    Tom Brady completed 18-of-38 passes for 287 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions in the Patriots' Divisional Round win over the Texans.

    Advice: He took only two sacks, but got hit eight times by a talented Texans pass rush. The Patriots played up-tempo offense and attacked the Texans’ linebackers, safeties, and slot CB Kareem Jackson in pass coverage. Brady hit Dion Lewis and James White for scores, both on route concepts targeting Texans ILB Bernadrick McKinney. Between the twenties, Julian Edelman ate Jackson for lunch. Both of Brady's interceptions came off deflected passes in a fairly ugly performance despite the lopsided score (34-16). If the Patriots are going back to the Super Bowl this season, their AFC Championship Game performance will need to be quite a bit better. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:22 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    18.62 (7th)
     
  • Brock's latest meltdown: 3 INTs against Pats
    Brock Osweiler completed 23-of-40 passes for 198 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions in the Texans' Divisional Round loss to the Patriots.

    Advice: Lacking confidence in an arch-conservative game plan, Osweiler played predictably tentatively and mostly stuck to checkdowns. His lone threatening downfield throw was dropped in the end zone by Will Fuller. After mostly avoiding mistakes in the first two quarters, Osweiler melted down in the second half with three interceptions, first on a play where Patriots FS Devin McCourty read Osweiler's eyes the whole way and the last two on errant overthrows intended for DeAndre Hopkins and Ryan Griffin. The $72 million Osweiler Experiment was an abject 2016 disaster. The contract will go down as one of the worst in NFL history. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:32 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.13 (434th)
     
  • Russ Wilson under siege as 'Hawks eliminated
    Russell Wilson completed 17-of-30 passes for 225 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in the Seahawks' 36-20, Divisional Round loss to the Falcons.

    Advice: He added six carries for 49 yards. True to form for the 2016 Seahawks, Wilson was under siege from the opening snap, often having the rush in his face before he could even make his first read. Much healthier than he was early in the season, Wilson did an excellent job of negating it by either climbing or abandoning the pocket, but too much was put on the Seahawks' franchise player's plate. Limited by injuries nearly the entire year, Wilson wasn't himself this season, but was hardly the 10-5-1 Seahawks' problem. Wilson looks more mature as a passer every year, and showed no physical letdown when at full health. Provided the 'Hawks can at least marginally upgrade their offensive line, Wilson will be a no-brainer "bounce-back candidate" in 2017. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:55 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    21.86 (1st)
     
  • Ryan plays at MVP level as Falcons advance
    Matt Ryan completed 26-of-37 passes for 338 yards and three touchdowns in the Falcons' 36-20, Divisional Round win over the Seahawks.

    Advice: Ryan simply shredded the Seahawks, playing at an MVP level from the Falcons' methodical opening drive. Ryan completed passes to eight difference receivers, making Atlanta's passing attack essentially indefensible behind a rock-solid offensive line. Ryan will have a solid matchup in either the Cowboys or Packers in the NFC Championship Game. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:52 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    21.50 (2nd)
     
  • Texans have quiet list of inactives
    Texans declared QB Brandon Weeden, S Quintin Demps, OLB John Simon, ILB Max Bullough, OG Walker, WR Wendall Williams and DE Ufomba Kamalu inactive for the Divisional Round against the Patriots.

    Advice: The Texans are healthy as they look to spring one of the biggest upsets of all time in New England. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:50 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (749th)
     
  • McGloin wants to sign somewhere he can start
    Impending free agent Matt McGloin said he wants to sign "somewhere they'll give me a chance to compete for a starting role."

    Advice: McGloin didn't show much in his only 2016 start before going down with a shoulder injury. He's had some preseason success but is a 58 percent career passer. The Texans are a potential landing spot for McGloin, who played under coach Bill O'Brien in college. McGloin could end up this year's Chase Daniel. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:20 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    13.04 (37th)
     
  • Start time of KC/PIT moved back to 8:20 PM ET
    Due to inclement weather in Kansas City, the start time of Sunday's Divisional Round game between the Steelers and Chiefs has been moved back from 1:05 PM ET to 8:20 PM ET.

    Advice: The forecast in Kansas City calls for some nasty weather this weekend with an ice storm expected on Sunday morning/afternoon. Chiefs/Steelers already had the lowest game total of the week at 44.5 and that was before weather concerns. Hopefully conditions will clear up with the new start time, though It's something for DFS players to keep in mind as they fill out their weekly lineups. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:08 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    18.04 (11th)
     
  • McDermott noncommittal on Tyrod's future
    Bills coach Sean McDermott was noncommittal about Tyrod Taylor's future in Buffalo during his introductory press conference.

    Advice: Taylor was reportedly a favorite of Anthony Lynn, who was expected to land the head job in Buffalo this offseason. But instead the Bills hired McDermott (Lynn is now coaching the Chargers), leaving Taylor in a cloud of uncertainty. McDermott met Taylor for the first time on Friday and said he will evaluate the Bills' quarterback situation "methodically" in the coming weeks. The Bills could address quarterback in the draft if they choose to move on from Taylor this offseason. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:24 am
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    0.00 (537th)
     
  • Roethlisberger not listed on final injury report
    Ben Roethlisberger (foot) is not listed on the Steelers' final injury report for Sunday's Divisional Round game against the Chiefs.

    Advice: There was some concern about Roethlisberger's status after he was seen wearing a walking boot after Sunday's win over the Dolphins, but he's practiced fully the last two days and will be all systems go for the Divisional Round. Roethlisberger had an awesome game against the Chiefs in Week 4 (five touchdowns, 300 passing yards) but hasn't played nearly as well on the road this season.Daily Slant: In terms of QBR, Ben was remarkably consistent at home with a coefficient of variation of 12.3% and he never dropped below 71.6. He was the opposite away, dipping as low as 4.4 and had a CV of 69.7%. His touchdown rate dropped from 3.3 to 1.1 per game when traveling. Kansas City boasts the 7th-best pass defense in DVOA (per Football Outsiders) plus corners Marcus Peters and newcomer Terrance Mitchell have been excellent. It’s not a great spot. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:03 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (954th)
     
  • Rivers now embracing Chargers move to LA
    Philip Rivers told a San Diego radio station that he is now willing to embrace the Chargers' move to Los Angeles.

    Advice: The father of countless children who go to school in San Diego, there were rumors two offseasons ago that Rivers might request a trade if the Chargers moved. The sides agreed on a five-year, $99 million contract and things have been hunky dory ever since. "I'm not gonna be there for 13 years but I'm gonna give 'em all I've got in the short time I have left," said 35-year-old Rivers. Rivers will be getting back Keenan Allen (ACL) to go with promising youngsters Tyrell Williams and Hunter Henry with Ken Whisenhunt's offensive staff returning. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:49 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    16.49 (15th)
     
  • Ben Roethlisberger (foot) returns to full practice
    Ben Roethlisberger (foot) returned to a full practice on Thursday.

    Advice: #AsExpected. Roethlisberger got the day off on Wednesday, but returned to his usual reps on Thursday. He'll be under center Sunday for the Divisional Round against Kansas City. Big Ben had a monster game against the Chiefs in Week 4, shredding them for 300 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions. Of course, that was a home game for Roethlisberger, whose home/away splits remained stark in 2016. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:54 pm
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    0.00 (954th)
     
  • Broncos plan to have 'open competition' at QB
    New Broncos coach Vance Joseph expects an "open competition" at quarterback next summer.

    Advice: Trevor Siemian was better than expected in 2016, but began to fizzle down the stretch. With Siemian's mentor Gary Kubiak now retired, the Broncos figure to give 2016 first-rounder Paxton Lynch every opportunity to earn the starting job. 23 next month, Lynch appeared hopelessly raw as a rookie, but has a great on-paper profile. We'll take Joseph at his word that there will be a legitimate competition. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:25 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    6.24 (194th)
     
  • Coughlin: 'Blake Bortles is our quarterback'
    Jaguars EVP Tom Coughlin said, "Blake Bortles is our quarterback."

    Advice: Considering Coughlin has "final say" on all decisions inside the organization, this statement suggests the Jaguars will pick up Bortles' fifth-year option this offseason. Still, it would not be a bad idea for the front office to keep one eye on the future at quarterback. Depending on how they feel about 2016 sixth-rounder Brandon Allen, the Jaguars could decide to snag another developmental prospect in the draft this year. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:14 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    16.24 (16th)
     
  • Dolphins still evaluating Tannehill's injury
    Dolphins coach Adam Gase said the team is still "evaluating" Ryan Tannehill's knee injury.

    Advice: "I don’t have the information to tell you what’s going on, where exactly we’re at and what happens moving forward," Gase said. "Doctors are still giving us what possibly could be down the road. So it’s hard for us to really pinpoint anything as of this moment right now." It sounds like the medical staff is still trying to decide if Tannehill needs surgery, which is odd considering he suffered the injury a month ago. At this point, Tannehill's offseason availability is up in the air. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:04 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (744th)
     
  • Tom Savage (concussion) cleared to practice
    Tom Savage (concussion) is practicing fully this week.

    Advice: Savage cleared the final stage of the concussion protocol earlier this week. He'll back up Brock Osweiler against the Patriots. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:44 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    14.06 (30th)
     
  • Ravens owner: We need Joe Flacco to be better
    Speaking about Joe Flacco on Tuesday, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said "we need more out of Joe."

    Advice: "I think Joe would agree with that," Bisciotti helpfully added. Coming back from a torn ACL, Flacco actually threw for a career-high 4,317 yards in 2016, but only because he was forced to dial up an absurd 672 attempts. That's not Ravens football. Flacco struggled mightily to make big plays, and averaged a woeful 6.42 yards per attempt. The first year back from a torn ACL can be tough for a quarterback — even Tom Brady wasn't quite himself in 2009 — but days shy of his 32nd birthday, Flacco will be on the spot to be better next season. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:48 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    15.63 (20th)
     
  • Tomlin: Ben's foot 'shouldn't be an issue'
    Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Ben Roethlisberger's foot "shouldn't be an issue."

    Advice: Roethlisberger was in a walking boot after Sunday's win over the Dolphins, but he had shed the boot by Monday and said he will be "good to go." Ben will likely take a maintenance day during Wednesday's practice, but there is no doubt about his availability for this week. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:26 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (954th)
     
  • 'Seems likely' Vikes use Bridgewater's option
    ESPN's Ben Goessling said it "seems likely" the Vikings will exercise Teddy Bridgewater's fifth-year option.

    Advice: Minnesota has until May to make their decision. Bridgewater is rehabbing a severe knee injury which involved a torn ACL, a dislocated knee, and other structural damage. It is unlikely he is ready for Week 1, it is possible he is never the same player, and the Vikings have already tabbed Sam Bradford as their starter for next season. Still, the option is guaranteed for new injury only, so there is not much risk to locking up Bridgewater for an extra year to see how the knee progresses. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:28 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (972nd)
     
  • Giants starting to think about the 'next QB'
    GM Jerry Reese said the Giants have "started to think about who is the next quarterback" after Eli Manning.

    Advice: "Eli is 36," Reese said. "So we will look into that as we move into the offseason." Reese also said Manning has entered the "back nine of his career" in his season-ending press conference. It is somewhat odd to hear a general manager be this forthcoming, but Reese is correct. The Giants need to start planning for a future without Eli. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:17 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    6.78 (172nd)
     
  • Giants GM admits Eli Manning is in decline
    Giants GM Jerry Reese admitted Monday that Eli Manning is "probably on the back nine of his career."

    Advice: Reese said he doesn't think Eli is "ancient" for a quarterback at age 36, but the admission Manning is in decline is notable, and probably not something we'd hear from Bill Belichick describing 39-year-old Tom Brady or even Tom Telesco referring to 35-year-old Philip Rivers. The Giants built up their defense. They now need to structure their offense to move away from Eli as the centerpiece. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:51 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    6.78 (172nd)
     
  • Texans QB Savage clears concussion protocol
    Texans QB Tom Savage has cleared the NFL's concussion protocol.

    Advice: He'll be available to serve as Brock Osweiler's backup this weekend against the Patriots. If Osweiler struggles early, it wouldn't be entirely surprising to see Savage enter the game. Osweiler earned another start. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:46 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    14.06 (30th)
     
  • Roethlisberger already out of walking boot
    Ben Roethlisberger shed his walking boot on Monday and said his right foot is "fine."

    Advice: Roethlisberger tweaked his right foot on the second to last play of Sunday's win over Miami. "(An MRI) showed I aggravated an old foot fracture but nothing severe," Roethlisberger said in an email. "I should be good to go [Sunday at KC]." Roethlisberger said the Steelers told him to wear the protective boot "as a precaution," and by Monday it was no longer necessary.Daily Slant: While the Steelers offense had no trouble with Miami's defense at home, things could be a lot different in Kansas City this weekend. Roethlisberger had an incredible first half which was followed by an underwhelming second half, although Pittsburgh led comfortably. KC has allowed the 12th fewest FPPG to QBs and it’s no secret that Roethlisberger is better at home – he completes about 10% more passes at Heinz Field and has a 4/1 TD/INT ratio there as opposed to a 9/8 ratio on the road. Rotoworld.com Jan 9, 11:27 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (954th)
     
  • Big Ben's ankle 'injury' checked out 'okay'
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Ben Roethlisberger's ankle injury "checked out okay."

    Advice: Big Ben said he hurt his ankle on the second-to-last play of the game in the Wild Card win over the Dolphins. It's not believed to be serious in any way, and he might not even be listed on the injury report this week. Roethlisberger will be under center when the Steelers travel to Arrowhead on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Jan 9, 6:13 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (954th)
     
  • Eli turns it over twice in NYG playoff loss
    Eli Manning completed 23-of-44 passes for 299 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the Giants' Wild Card loss to Green Bay.

    Advice: Eli turned it over twice -- losing a fumble and throwing a game-ending pick -- but he wasn't the Giants' problem on Sunday. Odell Beckham committed four arguable drops, and New York's vaunted defense had no answer for Aaron Rodgers' playmaking ability in and out of the pocket. Still, Manning's throws noticeably lacked zip and location over the course of the season, and he became the Giants' team weakness at age 36. Manning will be back as the starter, but GM Jerry Reese needs to consider pursuing a quarterback of the future. The Giants also need to get serious about improving their running game to help buoy the team in Eli's decline phase. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 5:16 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    6.78 (172nd)
     
  • Packers blow out Giants 38-13 in WC Round
    Aaron Rodgers completed 25-of-40 passes for 362 yards and four touchdowns in the Packers' 38-13 Wild Card Round win over the Giants.

    Advice: The Giants’ defense looked poised to dominate Sunday’s game early, holding Green Bay’s offense to -8 net yards early into the second quarter. Even as he lost Jordy Nelson to a second-quarter rib injury, Rodgers battled back to close out the game with five touchdown drives, finding a suddenly reborn Randall Cobb for three of his four TD passes and Davante Adams for the other. The Le’Veon Bell of quarterbacks, Rodgers’ patience and elusiveness inside the pocket were simply too much for the Giants’ inconsistent pass rush, while Rodgers’ arm talent overwhelmed New York’s secondary with laser-like throws. The highlight was a 42-yard Hail Mary touchdown to Cobb, Rodgers’ third Hail Mary score over the past two years. The Packers will visit Dallas in the Divisional Round. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 4:59 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    21.09 (4th)
     
  • Roethlisberger says he injured ankle in 4th Q
    Ben Roethlisberger said he hurt his ankle on the second to last play of Sunday's Wild Card win over the Dolphins.

    Advice: Roethlisberger barely had to do any movement in the second half of Sunday's dominant 30-12 win, so we couldn't tell he was injured in any way. Big Ben does have a history of invoking injury drama, but this one sounds legit after he was spotted in a walking boot in the locker room. Speaking Sunday afternoon, Big Ben said he's "always worried" whenever he tweaks something but promised "I'll be out there next week." The Steelers will head to Arrowhead for Week 19. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 2:16 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (954th)
     
  • Matt Moore commits three turnovers in WC loss
    Matt Moore completed 29-of-36 passes for 289 yards, one touchdown and an interception in the Dolphins' 30-12, Wild Card loss to the Steelers, also losing two fumbles.

    Advice: Moore was largely crisp, ripping chunk gains against the Steelers' sieve-like pass defense, but it was his three turnovers that killed any chance Miami had of springing the road upset. Moore lost a back-breaking fumble with time winding down in the first half, giving the ball away at the Steelers' eight-yard line. The Dolphins were trying to cut the Steelers' lead to 20-13 going into halftime. Moore also took a savage helmet-to-helmet hit from Bud Dupree that could have very easily concussed him. Moore minded the store down the stretch in Ryan Tannehill's absence, but didn't show enough to suggest he deserves another starting chance going on age 33. Miami's longtime backup is signed for $1.75 million in 2017, and should be back at that price. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 1:21 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    13.37 (33rd)
     
  • Steelers' big three roast Dolphins in WC win
    Ben Roethlisberger completed 13-of-18 passes for 197 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in the Steelers' 30-12, Wild Card win over the Dolphins.

    Advice: It's not an exaggeration to say Roethlisberger faced literally zero resistance in the first half. At one point, Big Ben was 7-of-7 for 162 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Some absurd Antonio Brown YAC helped, but Ben was on fire, as he so often is at home. The Steelers' offense, save for Le'Veon Bell, cooled down considerably after its white-hot start, but the damage was already done. Things will be different next week, where the Steelers are venturing on the road to take on the No. 2 seed Chiefs. On paper, it's set up to be an amazing game. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 1:16 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (954th)
     
  • Owners 'expressed remorse' for benching Tyrod
    According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Bills owners "expressed remorse" to interim coach Anthony Lynn for making him bench Tyrod Taylor in Week 17.

    Advice: The bizarre move to bench Taylor came down from ownership, who deemed it a "business decision." Per Rapoport, Lynn "likes Taylor" and wouldn't have benched him on his own. Most reports have suggested the Bills are ready to move on from Taylor but perhaps they're reevaluating that stance. Taylor will never be an elite downfield passer but his mobility is a huge plus and he's better than any quarterback the Bills have had in recent memory. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Buffalo's next head coach would have more control over the 53-man roster. If Lynn lands the job as many expect, there's a good chance he'll maintain Taylor as the team's starting quarterback. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 7:30 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (537th)
     
  • Dolphins 'aren't counting' on Tannehill next week
    According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Dolphins "aren't counting on" Ryan Tannehill (knee) for next week's Divisional Round game.

    Advice: That's if they're able to beat Pittsburgh in Sunday's Wild Card game. Tannehill returned to a limited practice on Friday but didn't sound overly confident about his status. He's making progress but ultimately we'd be surprised if Tannehill suits up again this season. Matt Moore will continue to fill in as the Dolphins' signal-caller. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 5:43 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (744th)
     
  • Stafford can't conjure late-game magic in SEA
    Matthew Stafford completed 18-of-32 passes for 205 yards, zero touchdowns, and zero interceptions in the Lions' Wild Card loss to the Seahawks.

    Advice: Despite the defense getting run over all night and his receivers apparently leaving their hands in Detroit, Stafford was in position to lead yet another fourth-quarter comeback, but he could not get anything going as the Seahawks pulled away with two late touchdowns. Stafford once again seemed to struggle with the injured finger which appears to have derailed both his and the Lions' season. Luckily, Stafford said after the game he does not think he will need surgery, meaning he should be ready for the offseason program. Despite the disappointing end, Stafford finished the regular season with 4,327 yards and 24 touchdowns against just 10 interceptions. He was also squarely in the MVP discussion for much of the season. With Stafford set to hit free agency after 2017, the Lions will likely try to work out a long-term extension with their franchise quarterback this offseason. Rotoworld.com Jan 7, 8:51 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    17.88 (12th)
     
  • Russell Wilson turns it on late in WC win
    Russell Wilson completed 23-of-30 attempts for 224 yards and two touchdowns in the Seahawks' Wild Card win over the Lions.

    Advice: Wilson was not asked to do much a game Thomas Rawls dominated on the ground, which might have been a good thing in the first half. Under pressure early, Wilson took sacks on back-to-back plays to end a drive in the first quarter after quick pressure forced him to throw the ball away on the first offensive series. His first touchdown pass was a poorly thrown ball which Paul Richardson saved with a spectacular grab -- one of many for Richardson on the night -- and he misfired on a throw which should have resulted in a first-and-goal on the next drive. He did put a dime on Doug Baldwin deep down the left sideline to set up the game-sealing touchdown, however, found Baldwin for another score late, and looked to be completely comfortable in the second half. If the Seahawks are going to hang against with the Falcons offense in Atlanta next week, Wilson will need to play like he did after halftime. Rotoworld.com Jan 7, 8:16 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    21.86 (1st)
     
  • Osweiler accounts for 2 TDs, Texans advance
    Brock Osweiler completed 14-of-25 passes for 168 yards and one touchdown in the Texans' 27-14, Wild Card win over the Raiders.

    Advice: Osweiler added 15 yards rushing and another touchdown on the ground on a play-action bootleg to the right on a second-and-goal run from the one-yard line. He didn't make many great throws in this one and could have been picked off more than once, but the Raiders stood zero chance on offense with Connor Cook at quarterback. Osweiler didn't have to make many plays, and he made enough to get the easy win. His best throw was a sideline bomb to DeAndre Hopkins for 38 yards before the two hooked up for a two-yard touchdown a couple plays later. Osweiler and the Texans will either head to Kansas City or New England next weekend. Coach Bill O'Brien confirmed after the win that Osweiler will start the Divisional Round game. Rotoworld.com Jan 7, 5:03 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.13 (434th)
     
  • Cook throws 3 INTs in sad end to Raiders' '16
    Connor Cook completed 18-of-45 passes for 161 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions in the Raiders' 27-14, Wild Card loss to the Texans.

    Advice: Yikes. Making his first career start as a fourth-round rookie, Cook never stood a chance in this one. He can really sling the ball, but Cook has no idea where it's going most of the time. He missed a ton of throws, throwing numerous hospital balls over the middle to his receivers. Cook's first interception was on a failed screen to the left where Jadeveon Clowney picked it off at the Oakland 10-yard line, setting Houston up for an easy touchdown. Cook's final two picks came in the fourth quarter, one on an overthrow over the middle to Amari Cooper and the other a pass well behind Andre Holmes. Cook's touchdown was a hookup with Holmes late in the game with the Raiders down by 20. It's a sad end to the Raiders' season that looked promising before Derek Carr suffered a broken leg in Week 16. Cook doesn't look to have a future as a starter in the league. His ceiling would likely be the No. 2 to Carr, who should be fine well in advance of training camp. Rotoworld.com Jan 7, 4:55 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (591st)
     
  • McGloin (shoulder) active as Cook's backup
    Matt McGloin (shoulder) is active for Saturday's Wild Card game against the Texans.

    Advice: McGloin got limited reps with the second-team all week. Connor Cook will start but McGloin is healthy enough to back him up. Rotoworld.com Jan 7, 12:21 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    13.04 (37th)
     
  • Texans announces Wild Card inactives
    Texans declared QB Tom Savage, LB Max Bullough, OLB John Simon, WR Wendall Williams, RG Josh Walker, DB Denzel Rice, and DE Ufomba Kamalu inactive for Saturday's Wild Card game against the Raiders.

    Advice: Savage was ruled out early in the week and remains in the concussion protocol. Brandon Weeden will back up Brock Osweiler. Rotoworld.com Jan 7, 12:07 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    14.06 (30th)
     
  • Matt McGloin expected to be active Saturday
    Matt McGloin (left shoulder) is expected to be active for Saturday's Wild Card game against the Texans.

    Advice: Connor Cook is going to get the start, but McGloin is "healthy" enough to serve as the emergency backup. Derek Carr (leg), of course, will be inactive. Rotoworld.com Jan 7, 6:36 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    13.04 (37th)
     
  • Russell Wilson will shed knee brace Saturday
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Russell Wilson will shed his knee brace for Saturday's Wild Card game against the Lions.

    Advice: Wilson has been running more lately, but he still has not looked normal. Perhaps the brace he has been wearing since suffering a left MCL sprain in Week 3 has something to do with that. The Lions have struggled with mobile quarterbacks in recent weeks, giving up 77 rushing yards combined to Dak Prescott and Aaron Rodgers. Wilson is not as safe as Rodgers or Ben Roethlisberger, but a cheaper price and likely lower ownership make him a better tournament play. Daily Slant: The Lions have allowed the third-most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. While game flow may be a concern with the Seahawks favored by eight, Wilson averaged 25.43 fantasy points when favored by seven or more at home this season (six game sample). Out of that split, he averaged 17.3 points. Wilson is an exciting and relatively sneaky option this weekend. Rotoworld.com Jan 7, 6:30 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    21.86 (1st)
     
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